Google Chrome is one of the most widely used web browsers by Internet lovers and is popular for its minimal and clean interface that makes the browsing experience faster, easier and safer. But some users often complain that Google Chrome uses too much RAM. This makes both the browser and the computer slower, which affects the overall user experience. In this guide, you will find some tips to reduce RAM usage in Chrome .
Why does Chrome use so much memory?
Most of the time you may notice high memory usage if chrome is out of date, if there is malware virus infection , due to browser cache and again: the more tabs and extensions you have installed, have open/running, the more memory Chrome will use. Again, some extensions or websites may leak memory and increase RAM usage over time.
Tip : If you have any tabs open that you don’t use, in Chrome, try closing one of them and see if the RAM usage goes down.
Best tips to reduce memory consumption in Chrome
Check memory usage in Task Manager
First open Chrome’s Task Manager to find out exactly how much RAM each site, extension, or plugin is using.
- Click on the Chrome menu and go to More Tools -> Task Manager .
- Alternatively, you can use the Shift + Esc key combination to open the Chrome Task Manager.
- Here you can check which sites or extensions consume more memory.
Update Chrome browser
Google regularly updates its popular browser to fix bugs, improve security, and add new features that improve the user experience . And, to enjoy the best levels of Chrome performance, it’s important to update your browser to the latest version.
- Click on the Chrome menu and go to “Help”, available at the bottom of the menu list.
- Now go to “About Google Chrome” to check for updates.
- You can also check for updates manually, by typing in the address bar: chrome://help (then follow the instructions).
Disable unwanted apps and extensions
Chrome extensions help you get things done much faster, but they can eat up a lot of RAM: The more extensions you have running, the more Chrome will consume more RAM and processing power, leading to high memory usage, which will cause your browser to run. the computer is slower. Again, extensions and toolbars installed on your browser may conflict with a website loading. Removing or disabling Chrome extensions and toolbars will likely reduce memory usage.
- Open Chrome.
- A page will open with all the Chrome extensions installed on your device. From here you can disable unwanted extensions.
- Decide whether to just disable the extension or remove it.
Remember that if you decide to remove an extension you will lose all data related to it (which is not the case if you choose to disable it).
Stop background apps
Chrome allows you to launch apps in the background even after you close the browser. Here’s how to stop background apps when Chrome is closed.
- Open Chrome settings by typing in the search bar: chrome://settings/
- Scroll down and expand the “Advanced” menu.
- In the section called “System” disable the “Continue running apps in the background after I close Google Chrome” feature.
- Now check if Chrome’s RAM usage has decreased.
Clear Chrome cache and cookies
Again, cookies and caches can make your browser slow and riddled with errors. In these cases, therefore, the browser will not work well and will use a lot of memory, affecting its performance. Clearing your browser’s cache and cookies helps speed up your browser and perform well.
- Open Chrome.
- Click on the Chrome menu and go to More tools.
- Now click on “Clear browsing data”.
- Choose a time range at the top.
- Click on “Clear data”.
Create a new user profile for Chrome
If you still haven’t solved the problem: Try creating a new user profile for Chrome, it might help you reduce RAM usage.
- Close Chrome and any Chrome-related processes from Task Manager.
- Now open Explorer, using the Windows + E key combination and follow this path: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
- Press the CTRL + A key combination to select all the files inside the aforementioned folder.
- Then press Shift + delete key to permanently delete all selected files.
- Now open Google Chrome and create a new user profile. Lastly, check if the issue is resolved.
Reset Chrome to default settings
Try resetting Chrome to its original settings and see if it helps you fix the problem.
- Open Chrome and go to the “Advanced” section in Settings. Scroll down to the menu called “Reset and Cleaning.”
- Click on “Restore original default settings”.
- A pop-up will open notifying you of the consequences of the reset. Click “Reset” to confirm the action.
- Right-click on the Windows 10 Start menu and go to Programs and Features.
- Scroll down until you find Chrome, click on it and then choose “Uninstall”.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall the Chrome browser from your device.
- Restart your PC and go to the official Chrome site to download and install the latest version available.
Chrome extensions that reduce memory usage
Thanks to the TooManyTabs Chrome extension you can choose which tabs to close temporarily. Use this extension to close tabs and reopen them as before, so you can pick up where you left off.
Then we find OneTab , which closes all open tabs without exception. With the OneTab extension active, all your tabs will be moved into a single list. You can then restore all tabs with a single click, choose to restore only some tabs, or close all tabs permanently.
Another useful Chrome extension in this case is TabMemFree : it automatically suspends all inactive tabs, which allows you to choose a time limit before inactive tabs are suspended, starting from a minimum time of 15 minutes.
The last extension I want to tell you about is text mode : it drops all images, videos, and flash elements, loading all web pages in text mode only. This not only reduces RAM usage, but also frees you from some ads and embedded content.